SAP Updates its Analytics Solutions, Introduces New Analytics Hub

SAP is making big enhancements to its analytics solutions across the entire platform, from the cloud to the launch of the new analytics hub.

Built on SAP Cloud Platform, SAP Analytics Hub centralizes access to analytics scattered around the organization — from both SAP and third-party applications and platforms — and recommends the best analytics to fit personalized needs.

Thanks to the single point of access for cloud and on-premise analytics, the unified user experience (UX) is independent of content or deployment type. Content can be documented, categorized and curated by power users, who can publish links to selected analytics and provide information for business users.

The SAP Analytics Cloud solution provides users with some of the most important analytical capabilities across an organization, enabling them to easily plan, discover, analyze and predict.

New innovations include enhanced data access for live connections (such as the SAP Business Warehouse application and SAP S/4HANA) that support hybrid data scenarios, allowing data to stay on premise; advanced smart data discovery and preparation that apply machine learning capabilities and simulate data to uncover hidden insights and guide business users with recommendations; application programming interfaces (APIs) to access and embed SAP Analytics Cloud content within line-of-business (LoB) applications, enabling business users to instantly act on insights within their business applications; planning enhancements for mass data entry, currency conversion and writeback to the SAP Business Planning and Consolidation application; and mobile and collaboration enhancements to story viewing on a native iOS app.

Built on SAP Analytics Cloud, SAP Digital Boardroom equips executives, directors and operations leaders with real-time contextual information and ad hoc analysis through large, interactive touch-screen displays. This next-generation solution unifies LoB data from SAP S/4HANA and other SAP and non-SAP applications to provide a single source of data.

New features include a new presentation builder that creates guided linear flow for meetings, mobile enhancements and a context-sensitive menu for better navigation and chart interaction, and enhanced LoB and industry content for finance and procurement, travel and expenses, marketing best practices, real-time finance and planning, chemicals, insurance, mill products, higher education and research, public sector and retail.

SAP Lumira 2.0, SAP's data visualization software, delivers self-service data discovery for business and allows IT departments and developers to design highly scalable business intelligence (BI) applications.

The new release includes new interoperability with the convergence of SAP Lumira and the former SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio, UX enhancements and improved support for SAP Business Warehouse and SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions. SAP Lumira supports SAP's hybrid analytics strategy, allowing users to analyze both cloud and on-premise data.

“I touched on some of these smart capabilities and I think as we head into the end of the year, that’s the area where you’re going to see a lot more progress from an analytics standpoint in terms of machine learning, natural language processing and query, and talking to your data,” said Nick Smith, VP of marketing analytics.”We have some exiting innovations coming there.”

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